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Safeway Canada Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, relatively nice people to work with for what it is (in 9 reviews)

  • Good pay, lots of small pay raises (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • No real benefits for part-time workers (in 8 reviews)

  • Hours and shifts are distributed based on seniority (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (23)

    "customer service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX

    I worked at Safeway Canada (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different locations to work at college tution rembiursemebt for certain classes. Good co workers for the most part, Employee discount at times

    Cons

    There should be a lot more positive feedback instead of negative so much. Employee uniforms are pretty non flattering lot of micro managing

    Advice to Management

    Please consider not talking down to lower level employees and be more respectful of peoples feelings and circumstances. Treatment of employees need to be better


  2. "CASHIER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    GREAT BENEFITS..NOTHING ELSE TO SAY

    Cons

    LOUSY PEOPLE TO WORK WITH VERY EGOTISTICAL, not friendly, very indifferent, snobs, low life's...... management does not say one word to you after 6 months of being there....... when it changed from Albertsons to safeway it was awful. the computer system was not compatible with the software applications and visa versa, customers were complaining, after over 2.2 years of working there I quit...... could not take the incompentance of the management and computer programing, software etc..... very bad customer service after the new safeway registers were in effect............ people arguing and complaining constantly... after 11 years a guy who was working there said it was quitting time after the new registers were installed on self check out because he could not take people complaining each second... it was awful.... bad choice of replacing the registers, etc....... NEVER KNOW THE HOURS AND DAYS YOU WILL WORK CHANGES ALL THE TIME. CALL YOU ON YOUR DAYS OFF AND EXPECTS YOU TO WORK.

    Advice to Management

    SAY HELLO TO YOUR EMPLOYEES MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE A SEMI HUMAN BEING... UNREAL.......... THEY HIRE LOW LIFE'S NOT A GOOD PLACE TO GET A JOB...... GIVE THEM A ZERO OUT OF A FIVE....

  3. "not a great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Promotional Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Promotional Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn to deal with bad management

    Cons

    zero training on inner software systems, bad management


  4. "Night Stocker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting experince, no interaction with people

    Cons

    Work night shifts, bad sleeping cycles


  5. "I worked for them as a order selector in the warehouse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you are just talking to the talk man everyday throughout your shift,

    Cons

    management push workers to their limit
    management follow and spy on workers whether they are working or no
    talking is prohibited


  6. Helpful (2)

    "okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The flexible schedule is nice, especially if like me you are a student and need to be able to work the schedule around classes.

    Cons

    This place is okay to work for in the short term. i would not recommend making working here a permanent career choice as there is little to no room for advancement.


  7. "meh first job"

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    Current Employee - Meat Department Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Meat Department Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly employees, duties are straightforward, only expected to do what is asked of me, very open to questions during training

    Cons

    -no respect for new ideas/suggestions to make work easier or environmentally beneficial ideas; they even got mad at me a few times
    -very hard to make managers happy, even as a 10 dollar per hour student
    -managers do not even let me take home 1 day expired meat or bad looking meat for my dog, but they will throw it in the trash instead
    -no employee discounts
    -can only sit down on breaks
    -they will waste money trying to sell products nobody wants eg. clams and mussels
    -job can sometimes be gross/smelly
    -horrible music that plays the same songs all the time
    -no opportunity for advancement outside the department

    Advice to Management

    respect new suggestions for improvement, see my point of view,
    update the technology

  8. "Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible Scheduling
    - Nice people to work with

    Cons

    - No Benefits what so ever

    Advice to Management

    GIVE EMPLOYEES BENEFIT


  9. "Department Manager"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Langley, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Langley, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, was fun to work with all the different work colleagues, Learned ordering, how to work efficiently, and was given specialized training in superior customer services. Overall was fun place to work, I have some long term friendships from working there. Good if you enjoy working with people. You leave your job and responsibilities at the time clock. Your family life and work life are separate.

    Cons

    Having to work rotating work schedules, late nights, and worst was the mandatory 2months a year of graveyard shift. Some managers were great some were simply horrible. Limited growth in potential salary, all salaries are based on contracted values. Eventually the collaborate between union and new businesses entering the market really crashed the work environment. Many people became disgruntled and took the buyout to move on. Guess that ended up well for both union, new companies as they reduced their operating costs. and buyout employee took the money and ran... Very limited rewards for working hard, because the most promotions are first based on seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, the management has a system and its not really gonna change. So its unreasonable to ask anything different from you.


  10. "Grocery clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time

    Pros

    easy working, mostly good co-workers

    Cons

    poor management, minimum wage after Sobey's took over


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